It’s hard to feel good about yourself if you can’t stand what you do. Face it, you spend more than a third of your time at work. Hating at least one aspect of your job can be fairly common. How many times a day do you hear a coworker complain about their work load or a fellow coworker? It doesn’t make it any less difficult to manage just because it’s common.

I Hate My Job, Now What?

What if you hate your boss, the company, the industry, or basically everything about your job? First, don’t openly share your feelings with your coworkers. There is no reason to compromise your integrity. Even if you are at lunch or having drinks after work, openly complaining with colleagues can backfire. The last thing you need is to be let go before formulating an exit strategy.

All too often people stick with a company or continue doing a job that they hate. If it’s not a good fit, simply move on. You don’t have to stay to prove a point to yourself or others. If you are new to the organization it may be possible to restructure your position. However, you can take a number of steps to move on if you are not happy at work or hate your job. If it’s time it’s time.

Keep in mind that working a part time job could be a reliever of your pain. It may sound odd but picking up an easy part time job could give you a taste of what it's like on the other side. The grass is not always greener on the other side. This is also a good tactic for seeing what different positions are like and what it is like to work for a specific employer you have in mind.

Not to mention that you can make money on the side. It is also easier to transition to full time if you are already working for the company in a part time role most times.

It is always in your best interest to find satisfying work. You are more likely to perform better when you are happy. This increase in productivity could lead to better opportunities in the long run.

It’s Not just You
Anyone can end up feeling stuck or hating their job. It can be any number of possibilities; the schedule, the commute, your customers. You might like the job, but your boss is power hungry or your co-workers are selfish. Maybe the job isn’t everything you were promised. Although it may feel like you are going to a negative place, finding the source of your hatred is the first step in finding a solution.

Misery Loves Company, But Keep This One to Yourself
Hate your job? Keep it to yourself and possibly close friends and family. At all cost avoid social media. Don’t go on blast and tell the whole world. This can only increase the likelihood that the wrong person finds out. This could be a co-worker, supervisor, or future employer.

According to CareerBuilder 70% of employers have admitted to using social media to research possible new hires.

Watch your activity on Twitter, they can all be found with a simple Google search. Make sure to keep your Facebook privacy settings updated. Social media makes it easier for the wrong person to discover your dissatisfaction.

Be strategic about your exit. There is no sense in getting fired because you spent more time complaining than proactively seeking a solution.

Simply Quitting is not the Solution
It can be very frustrating working at a place you can’t stand. It may be enticing to just cut your losses and run. Whatever you do, don’t just quit. You need to have a plan.

First, you need to consider options to make it work:

  • Is it the job itself or are there external factors influencing your perception of the job?
  • Is there anything else that may convince you to stay? Maybe transfer to another department or change your shift.
  • Think of anything that you have control over that may make you happier.

It’s worth pursuing a fix if possible. Think of all the alternatives before you quit. You may learn to like your job or at the very least make it manageable for the time being. Finding a new job is not easy work.

Prepare for Your Job Search
It’s ok if you can’t find a solution, at least you know. Remember, don’t quit. It’s almost always easier to find a job when you have a job. Without the pressure of unemployment you can focus on finding a job that will bring you happiness versus just collecting a paycheck.

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Your job search will be much easier if you are prepared from the get go.

Make sure to update your Linkedin profile. Choose a profile picture that is appropriate for a professional networking site. Update your resume, request endorsements, and reach out to possible referrals. Start engaging with possible employers by following their corporate pages. Also be sure to connect with as many mutual acquaintances as possible.

Time to Begin the Job Search
Keep quiet and stay discrete. There is a reason you are staying under the radar and not sharing your dissatisfaction about the job with others. For this same reason do not tell everyone that you are looking for a new job. Don’t let your boss or anyone else get the jump on your departure.

Take the time to check things out and see what’s out there. Job boards are a great place to start. Not all job boards are created equal. Find the one that best represents your background and skills. After applying for a job use professional social networks to engage directly with recruiters or encourage mutual connections to put in a good word.

Whatever happens, don’t be discouraged. It may take some time to find a new job. The best thing is to remain motivated. Having taken the time to know why you hate your job, you have also discovered all of the qualities of a company, boss, or position that will make you happy.

While big job boards like indeed are good, finding the right position can be difficult. Job boards that excel in one particular industry or niche can help you find the right job. If you are interested in warehouse jobs you might be better suited finding a job on where all of the jobs posted are within warehousing and logistics.

...and why wouldn't you ?

Warehouse work can be an excellent change of pace. Imagine a new work environment with flexible hours, good pay, and benefits. The largest brands in the world like amazon have warehouses that hire at a great starting rate. Amazon warehouse jobs are plentiful and provide big perks outside of their starting high hourly pay rate.  

If you are still on the fence about warehouse jobs you might want to read up on the the 5 most popular US employers with warehouse jobs.

Still Keep it to Yourself
Wait until you secure the new job before you share the great news. It will be very satisfying to have found a new job. If you must share the news with others be sure to leave out the fact that you hate your job. You will be asked about your current and previous employers during the interview process. Recruiters will check your references.

It is very possible that you might lose out on a job because of your attitude towards your previous employer. Sharing your negative experience with your former employer says more about you then it does your perception of that experience. You don’t know who your interviewer might know. Best to keep your opinions to yourself.

Stay Classy
Be the better person. Give the standard two week notice. Stay positive and offer assistance with the transition. Avoid leaving any hard feelings.

No one knows what the future holds. You may work with or for anyone of your former coworkers. Stay above being petty and negative during your exit. It does no one any good. Instead focus on the positive opportunities ahead of you.